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Port of Lake Charles

The Port of Lake Charles is part of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District and covers about 130,000 acres. Its public facilities handle an annual cargo volume of 5 million tons. The deepwater seaport is the 11th busiest in the United States, based on 2014 statistics from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It manages the 36-mile-long Calcasieu Ship Channel, which runs from the facility to the Gulf of Mexico and 32 miles out into open water.

Much of the cargo that passes through the terminals include agricultural food products such as bagged rice. Petroleum products, aluminum, steel, barite, rutile, and forest products are shipped and received here as well.

There are two marine terminals at the port. They include City Docks and Bulk Terminal No. 1. Industrial Canal and Industrial Park East are also owned and operated by the Port of Lake Charles. Individual facilities on the property include:

  • Dry Bulk Terminal: Every year, this terminal handles over 3.1 million short tons of bulk. Cargo can be transferred from vessel to vessel and to trucks, rail, or open storage. It has a a roll-over facility for rail cars, plus a rail unloading pit and three rail car shakers. A truck scale and hydraulic truck dump are available as well.
  • Berths No. 15 and 15B: Cargo from domestic and foreign sources is handled here. Platform level tracks connect to the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads. Contiguous concrete ramps connect both berths and allow trucks access via a transit shed.
  • Public Grain Elevator/Contraband Bayou Wharf: There are 14 concrete silos and 14 storage tanks, where 1 million bushels of grain and wood can be stored. Also, four steel shipping tanks and a 17,000-square foot bagging plant with automation capabilities are located at the wharf. A 4.3-acre warehouse has four palletizers and six depalletizers, as well as two car unloaders.
  • Fournet Street Terminal: Oil and liquid can be transferred through the Foreign Trade Zone. There is a 34,000-square foot warehouse on the 11-acre site as well.
  • Inbound Terminal: It has a 251-foot dock with 335-foot extensions, with access to 35-foot deep water.

The port is on the south side of the lake, and near I-10, I-210, and several major state thoroughfares.

Work Hazards

Loading and unloading cargo near shorelines is hazardous work. Heavy equipment, cargo, and goods can be damaged or fall if workers are fatigued, improperly trained, or reckless. Negligence is a common cause of accidents because failing to maintain equipment such as winches, cranes, and vehicles can trigger mechanical and electrical failures that can be dangerous and even fatal.

Fatigue, mooring a ship, weather and environmental conditions, chemicals, and the presence of vehicles in areas of little traffic control are risks too. Workers may also fall from elevated locations or into the water, or either slip or trip on surfaces.

Contact us by filling out the online form, if you have been injured performing your job duties at this port.

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